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Preston Sets Alley Assessment Policy


Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

An addition to Preston’s assessment policy was approved at the city council’s October 6 meeting. About three weeks earlier, requests for several possible alley improvements had been discussed. Councilman David Harrison was absent.

At that time by consensus it was decided to authorize the city attorney and engineer to draft a proposal for an alley assessment policy different from the street assessment policy. City administrator Joe Hoffman introduced a draft for additional language to be added to the city’s assessment policy this day without the percent being filled in. “Property owners may petition for the reconstruction or improvement of alleys. The City will assess 100 percent of the costs associated with alley improvements to all lots abutting the alley in the block being improved. Corner, second, and third side assessment reductions shall not apply to alley assessments.”

After some discussion, it was decided to accept the policy as written with the 100 percent assessment number. This is different from street assessment policy which is assessed at 40 percent, with the city paying 60 percent. Hoffman said the city will provide upkeep for alleys, but mill and overlay or reconstruction would be the responsibility of the property owners. Property owners can petition for improvements or reconstruction of their alley. If 35 percent of property owners sign a petition, the council will be obligated to consider the improvement. All property owners affected would be notified and they could express their opinion. The council has the option to approve or deny any petition. Councilman Robert Maust suggested if 60 percent want the improvement, the city should do it.

Hoffman questioned whether the policy should apply to the alley reconstruction requested by Phil Milne. Milne had requested the repair of the north end of the alley where it connects with Cottage Grove Ave. Mayor Kurt Reicks said to do it right, it will have to be reconstructed. Milne asked what happens if property owners don’t want it done, but the city does?

Request to Reintroduce Horses

John and Bernice Penrose requested that they be allowed to have two horses (for their two daughters) on their property at 624 Fillmore St. East. Bernice noted they had previously had a horse on the property for two years, but not for at least the last two years. They have since fenced the property and renovated the existing, older barn. .....
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Grant applications now being accepted

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

The Preston Public Utilities (PPU) and Preston’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) are looking forward to assisting the community through Preston Public Utilities Spare Change Round Up program. Local organizations can apply for grant assistance ..... 
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Root River Veterinary Center has new owners

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston Agriculture

As of September 4, 2014, the Root River Veterinary Center in Preston, Minn. is under new ownership. Dr. LeAnne Froese and Dr. Deb Finnegan officially took over on September 4, although discussions about the two purchasing the business had been in ..... 
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NTC to host geological bus tour

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

The National Trout Center will be holding a geological bus tour on Saturday November 1, starting at 10 a.m. This bus tour promises to be both fun and informative, as it will focus on the geological and ecological features of living in the driftless ..... 
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Donations to Fillmore Central Readiness program

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

The Preston Area Community Foundation, along with a matching grant from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation,recently donated a combined $6,000 to the Fillmore Central School Readiness program. School Readiness is available to eligible child ..... 
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POET General Managers make their voices heard in Washington

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Preston Commentary

SIOUX FALLS, SD (September 18, 2014) – Chris Hanson, General Manager of POET Biorefining – Preston, traveled to Washington, D.C. September 14-17 to meet with Congressional officials and highlighted the important role ethanol plays in reducing o ..... 
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Preston Sets Preliminary Levy

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their September 15 meeting unanimously passed a resolution setting the 2015 preliminary levy. The 2015 levy increase may be as much as 6.94 percent. In December when the final levy/budget is approved this increase may be ..... 
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Preston Tourism secures grant for purchase of bike repair station

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

The Preston Area Community Foundation recently awarded a $1,200 grant to Preston Area Tourism. The funds will be applied to the purchase of a bike repair station that will be placed by the Trailhead Inn. This will give visitors and residents a plac ..... 
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Mark Dean Kneeskern

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Mark Dean Kneeskern was born July 10, 1972, in Audubon, Iowa, to Laurice (Peterson) Kneeskern and Cloy Kneeskern. He attended grade school and high school in Audubon, and attended Iowa State University in Ames, where he graduated with a Bachelor of ..... 
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